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Here is an example of an entity attribute you might find in InCommon metadata:

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<mdattr:EntityAttributes xmlns:mdattr="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:metadata:attribute">
  <saml:Attribute
      xmlns:saml="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:assertion"
      NameFormat="urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:attrname-format:uri"
      Name="http://macedir.org/entity-category">
    <saml:AttributeValue>http://id.incommon.org/category/research-and-scholarship</saml:AttributeValue>
  </saml:Attribute>
</mdattr:EntityAttributes>

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Entity attributes are also used to refine the discovery interface. For example, an SP can use a particular entity attribute to filter the list of IdPs presented to the user.

See Entity Categories for more information about InCommon-supported entity attributes that can be used for these purposes.